A's 6, Tigers 3

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DETROIT -- Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith hit home runs off Anibal Sanchez on Monday to power the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 victory over Detroit, putting the Tigers on the brink of elimination from their American League Division Series.

The Tigers trail 2-1 in the best-of-five series and will send Doug Fister out to oppose the A's Dan Straily on Tuesday. The Tigers hope to send the series back to Oakland on Thursday for a decisive fifth game.

Detroit ended a 20-inning scoreless streak with three runs in the fourth to create a 3-3 tie, but Moss hit a one-out solo home run to right off Sanchez (0-1) in the fifth to break the deadlock.

Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single, and Smith drilled an opposite-field home run to left to restore the A's three-run margin.

Jarrod Parker (1-0) worked the first five innings, allowing the three runs, and Grant Balfour got the save. In between, the A's got two innings of shutout work from Dan Otero and one from Sean Doolittle.

Balfour and leadoff hitter Victor Martinez got into a shouting match after a foul ball on a 1-1 pitch, but it never got beyond words.

Torii Hunter singled to lead off the Tigers' fourth, Prince Fielder singled him to third, and Martinez drove in Detroit's first run in its last 21 innings against Oakland pitching with a double down the first-base line. Jhonny Peralta, in the lineup to give the Tigers' offense a boost, then lined a two-run single to left.

Reddick's first home run since Sept. 15 was the first of two runs the Athletics scored in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Reddick golfed a low inside fastball over the right-field fence, and Game 2 hero Stephen Vogt tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Coco Crisp, who had three hits in the game.

Detroit's primary defensive concern was in left field, where converted shortstop Peralta was making his fourth Major League start. But it was third baseman Miguel Cabrera's injury-weakened lower body that contributed to Oakland scoring the first run of the game in the third inning.

Cabrera, bothered by groin and abdominal problems, was unable to get in front of Cespedes' two-out grounder, and the ball high-hopped off his left wrist into left field for an error that allowed Crisp to speed in from second.

Crisp had singled leading off the third and stolen second.

NOTES: Oakland's Tuesday starter Straily defeated Detroit 14-4 at Comerica Park on Aug. 28. "It was one of those bend but don't break outings," said Straily, who allowed one run on eight hits in six innings in that game. "I made one mistake pitch to Torii Hunter (home run) that he made me pay for." ... Oakland, which had its string of 20 shutout innings against Detroit halted on Monday, had a 30-inning postseason scoreless-innings streak against Baltimore in 1974 (ALCS) and 21 against St. Louis in 1930 (World Series) ... Fister, Detroit's Game 4 starter, lost to Oakland in August. "That was awhile ago," he said. "I was struggling about that time, trying to keep the ball down and really trying to fine-tune some of my pitches." ... Cabrera's first-inning single meant he has reached base safely in all 27 of his postseason games with the Tigers.
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